Belfast Boy

Inspired by a visit to Belfast recently, the first time was in the early 80s. My attempt at a kind of song.

I dated you once.

You lived on a certain side

of the Cave hill.

You loved Scotland –

Runrig, Gaelic, Joy Division.

Perhaps you were typical of

an Ulster boy with a best friend

called Paul McCartney –

always hugging the Mulls.


You showed me the sights

from Newcastle to the Causeway

that stretch of coast which kept Alba

in view. I loved it too.

I crossed to Carrickarede for you.


We drifted apart –

our youth, separate dreams,

we needed to grow and learn.

Belfast boy, I wonder if you ever yearn.


You became an engineer,

we met again –

the flame long gone.

I loved you once, I couldn’t repeat it.


Last I heard you lived in France –

a roadie with a band and a Gallic beauty

‘too good-looking for her own good,’ you said.

I didn’t rate her chance of freedom.


Belfast boy, I hope your plans panned out.

I hope you appreciate the past that made you.

I loved you once, I couldn’t repeat it.

I loved you once, I couldn’t repeat it.


© kats 2023
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Hello Kim. As you may know I spent most of the last two years working with singers and musicians to get some of my lyrics about Belfast and its people turned into songs. If you’re serious about turning this one into a song I can give you a few names.

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